The Salzkammergut

The Salzkammergut region in Austria

When we talk about Salzkammergut, what we mean is the region at Lake Fuschlsee, Lake Wolfgangsee, Lake Mondsee (right into Almtal), from Vocklatal through to Dachstein and Grimming. The Salzkammergut region comprises 76 lakes of differing sizes. The landscape is characterised in particular by the river Traun and by the Dachstein mountain groups, the Toten Gebirge, the Osterhorn group, the Traunstein and the Hollengebirge.

THE HISTORY OF THE SALZKAMMERGUT

Findings show that the Salzkammergut region was settles between 3600 and 3000 B.C. At that time people lived in lake-dwelling settlements close to the riverbank. The name "Salzkammergut" comes from the extensive amount of salt in the region. Salt mining and the trade which resulted from it and an ever increasing population characterise the history here. These days the Salzkammergut is a tourist region. More and more queries are being received about "Hotel Salzkammergut", "Hiking Salzkammergut" and "holiday in the Salzkammergut". In spite of all this, the region is not overrun with tourists and the hosts in the hotels around about Lake Wolfgangsee and in the Salzkammergut are welcoming and friendly.

EXCURSIONS IN THE SALZKAMMERGUT

The Salzkammergut provides Holiday-makers from near and far a wide variety of excursion options. The surrounding mountains tempt you to go hiking.

Boat trips on Lake Wolfgangsee, Lake Traunsee and Lake Attersee allow you to enjoy excursions in the water, while enjoying the superb views to the surrounding area and a feeling of freedom. Those of you who prefer to be on the mountain but don't want to hike can, using the Schafbergbahn, the steepest steam rack railway in Austria, scale the Schafberg in comfort. Within 45 minutes the Schafbergbahn has, since 1893, been winding ist way up 1190 metres altitude on the 5.85 km route from St. Wolfgang to the Schafberg.

As a bad weather alternative, or when it is too hot outside, we recommend the Salt World in the Salzkammergut or the mysterious world of the ice caves on the Dachstein. There are magnificent views on the 5fingers. And an adrenaline kick when you are up on the viewing platform, which juts out 400 metres above the deep chasm, enjoying the alpine panorama.

Of course a holiday in the Salzkammergut also has something to offer in terms of cultural. In the salt realms you get to learn about the history of Altaussee’s Salzberg and in the Kaiservilla and Kaiserpark you will discover a piece of Habsburg history. For families we recommend an excursion to the Cumberland Wildlife park Grunau.

A HOLIDAY IN THE SALZKAMMERGUT WILL BE AN UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE FOR EVERYONE.

NATURE AND CULTURE IN THE SALZKAMMERGUT

During your holiday at Lake Wolfgangsee an abundance of excursion destinations and sights are waiting for you. Nature and culture form a perfect symbiosis in the Salzkammergut and provide the ideal setting for an unforgettable holiday. Mountains and lakes, ice caves, gorges and lovely valleys can be found in this little area. Excursion destinations and sights in the Salzkammergut, lovely natural features and sights which you definitely ought not to miss during your holiday in St. Wolfgang:

  • the city of Salzburg: (UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site) with the Hohensalzburg fortress, Hellbrunn Castle, Zoo, Old Town
  • Bad Ischl: the one-time imperial summer residence with the Kaiservilla, spa park and esplanade
  • Towns around Salzbergbau: Hallstatt (UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site) at Lake Hallstatter See which has a salt mine, ossuary and museum, Hallein and its salt realms, Celt village and Celt museum, Altausee and its salt mine
  • Ice caves: on the Dachstein and in Werfen (the biggest ice caves in Europe)
  • Open-air museum Großgmain: historic farms and numerous cultural (traditional) events. In winter horse-drawn carriage rides through the open-air museum.
  • Wolfgangsee boat trip, Boat trips Take the gondola to the Zwolferhorn in St. Gilgen, Alpine hikes
  • Ausseerland: Hike from Altaussee to the Loser, hike around the lake, traditional and cultural events
  • Gmunden and Traunsee: visit Orth castle and the famous fishermen’s pulpit in Traunkirchen